Tournament of the Fallen Stag

Hosted by Shire of Caer Adamant - Newark, DE

Event date: September 29th, 2019

Event Last Modified: September 20th, 2019

Event details


As the fall winds start to blow and the leaves of the trees begin to collect on the ground this time of year, the hunt begins to prepare for the winter.  As is our tradition, the Shire of Care Adamant hunts for their new Shire Champion.

This event rounds out a Weekend of Free Events in the Shire, preceded by the Benedicta Vita Arma at Greenbank Mills in Wilmington, DE.  The Benedicta Vita Arma event listing can be found here: (there is a nominal fee for feast).

Come, all ye armored fighters, show your skills at arms and fending in the Ninth Annual Tournament of the Fallen Stag in the Shire of Caer Adamant on Sunday, September 29th in Newark, Delaware.  Gather your weapons and arrive prepared to fight in a Bear Pit style, timed, 90-minute points tournament for official bragging rights!  The tournament will be divided into two 45-minute periods with a short break in between.

Every fighter and fencer is asked to bring one bag of unexpired, nonperishable food items for donation to the Food Bank of Delaware to gain entry into the tournament.  We hope to help those whose winter stores are yet to be filled.

Fighters will spin our WHEEL OF DOOM, courtesy of Lord Magnus Wolfhunte, to determine the weapon form(s) they charge into battle wielding.  The Wheel of Doom weapon forms will be centered on the Viking period – short version, no great swords!

The Wheel of Doom could have sword and round shield, two weapons, great weapon or spear, so bring everything you own!  There may be more slots for other weapons forms.  Will axes show up? Broken Lances? Flailing Cats? Rats on a stick? Only Lord Magnus knows and he’s not telling – yet.  Bribery might work, depending upon the bribe.  No one has tried it yet…

The Rapier Championship will be fought in a round robin format, with the finals being determined by the number of fencers attending.  Prizes will be awarded for the overall victor as well as best display of historical style.  If there is interest and participants, we will have a short cut and thrust tournament/display.

PRIZES will be awarded for:
*Tournament Champion – Heavy Combat
*Shire Champion – Heavy Combat
*Tournament Champion - Fencing
*Best Death
*Lady’s Choice

Artisans are encouraged to submit list legal rattan weapons of their design and making to compete for the title of Rattan Artist Champion!  Submissions will be judged by a panel as to creativity, workmanship and functionality and a prize awarded.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the gift exchange!  Craft a piece of period work of Arts or Sciences, the hours of work and monetary value of the gift being at your pleasure.  Wrap your gift, leaving it unmarked, and placed it in the designated area during the Fallen Stag event in anticipation of an exchange during the event.  The ultimate goal is for all participants to go home with something different than they made and donated and to share the love for the A & S Community and the time and effort which goes in to creating period works.

*WATCH, as additional A&S activities may be added (such as an Althena’s Thimble solar or Narrowork Guild discussion) to the event.

All are welcome and encouraged to watch the chivalrous efforts of the combatants and the wearing of pre-17th century garb is encouraged.  The Shire will have its Gold Key (period clothing that can be borrowed, free of charge, for the day) on hand and available for those who wish to take advantage of it.  Remember to bring your favorite seat!

11:00 am Site opens | Registration & Inspections for Tournament begins
12:30 pm Tournament begins | Rattan Artist Competition begins
3:00 pm Potluck Dayboard begins
3:30 pm Prizes awarded
4:00 pm Rattan Competition entries must be picked up
5:00 pm Site closes

The site, a public park, is very dry.  Restrooms, located in the pavilion, will be open and available for changing.

Site Opens: 11:00 AM
Site Closes: 5:00 PM

Event Location

Glasgow Regional Park
2275 Pulaski Hwy, Pavilion #4
Newark, DE  19702
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The event site is accessible per the East Kingdom Accessibility Porter's Checklist.

Registration Fees

Continuing Shire tradition, this event is free.  (Entry to the tournament is gained by the donation of one bag of unexpired, nonperishable food items.)

All are invited to contribute to and partake of the Potluck Dayboard.

Water and bread will be provided by the Shire. 

Please ensure your fully cooked dish to pass will serve 10-15 people, label it with its name & ingredients and cut it into individual servings.  There will be a limited number of electric outlets, please plan accordingly.  As with any potluck, foods offered may contain ingredients that are allergens to some, please plan accordingly; bring your own food, as desired.

Bring personal feast gear (a bowl, plate, cutlery, mug and a napkin would serve you well).

Homemade or purchased, it’s all good!  We’re looking for:
*MAINS:  beef, chicken, ham, sausage, hamburgers/hot dogs & buns, pasta
*SIDES:  salads (green or otherwise), fruit, veggies, cheese
*DESSERTS:  cookies, pre-cut bars, pies or cakes

Make Checks Payable to: Not required

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Event Steward
Lord Magnus Wolfhunte
Modernly known as Mark Schroy
(302) 685-0523 calls/texts are appropriate

Deputy Event Steward
Nancy Alyn
Modernly known as:  Nancy Payne
(302) 530-0189 calls/texts are appropriate

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